So many highlights!
Here we are at the end of another school year and what a year it has been!
As you will see from reading our latest bumper edition of the Upton Voice, there has been so much activity over the past few months here.
We held our annual Awards ceremony on 17 July at which over 170 awards were issued to our students. Our guest speaker, Major Verity Brown, a former student of Upton, was so inspiring and talked glowingly about her 7 years here. She was clearly extremely proud of her ‘alma mater’ and talked of how her free, state education more than matched any that her colleagues at Sandhurst had experienced in such elitist institutions as Eton and Harrow. The evening was a great success and it was such a joy to see so many of our students proudly receiving their well-deserved awards.
There is a lot of talk in the media and in politics about education, and especially about exam results, but what our half termly editions of Upton Voice clearly demonstrate, I believe, is that education here at Upton High is about far more than exam results alone. Whilst these are of course vitally important factors within education, they are not our sole purpose as educators, and it is essential that we provide our young people with every opportunity to experience education in its very broadest sense – developing informed, well-rounded young people who truly are Learning to Shape the Future.
Our annual Sports Day, yet again an exciting and exhausting event, saw hundreds of our students from our 5 Halls competing enthusiastically and with determination. Eventually Wood Hall, under the excellent leadership of Miss McLean, proved to be worthy winners.
We had a marvellous History day for Year 8 in conjunction with the University of Chester exploring ‘Hidden Histories: Diverse Cheshire Narratives’ and over 350 students were treated to a rewards trip to Chester Zoo on July 16. As I write, our Year 9 students are experiencing a Performing Arts’ day in Circus skills which they are thoroughly enjoying and learning so much from.
We have also been very busy this half term working with our partner primary schools. There have been lots of activities, including the Harry Potter Experience for Year 5 (where I met my first Golden Eagle!) and Global Challenge day for Year 4, and we welcomed our 282 new Year 7 students and their parents on our two Induction Days and New Intake Evening.
We are of course busy planning for next term and the new academic year; I look forward to seeing many of you on our A level and GCSE results’ days in August and to working with you again in September. I would like to wish you all a safe, restful and enjoyable summer holiday.